January 5, 2022
ETC’s George Gerba visited the CES Unveiled show floor in Las Vegas Monday evening looking for companies and products that would be of interest to our members, illustrate emerging trends, or are simply unusual. Gerba discovered a range of compelling technologies across areas such as blockchain, non-fungible tokens, Li-Fi, wearables, large-scale video screens, the metaverse, remote work, cell signal boosters, health, batteries and more. Among the more interesting companies at CES Unveiled this year were Icecap, Oledcomm, Somalytics, VideowindoW, Toraru, SureCall, Biospectal, Prinker, Airxom and Nanotech Energy.
NFTs and digital currencies are one of three new categories at CES 2022 (food tech and space tech are the other two). Icecap uses the Ethereum ERC721 NFT (non-fungible token) standard to give diamonds their own digital tokens. The unique token represents the rights to a single diamond and enables that diamond to function as a tradeable asset. The pitch is that Icecap enable you to safely add diamonds to your investment portfolio via blockchain technology.
Oledcomm has developed networking technology, tablets and other products that communicate via Li-Fi (Light Fidelity). The company unveiled a Li-Fi tablet for home and home-office (above, shown for medical use). Its patented technology modulates invisible infrared spectrum at more than 10 million times per second to convert data into binary code in an optic equivalent of Morse code. Li-Fi has a latency 100 times less than Wi-Fi. The signal is robust, stable and cannot be intercepted outside of the room.
Somalytics has developed very sensitive carbon nanotube capacitive sensors that can detect human tissue up to 20cm away. Their sensors are small (<1mm diameter), low latency (<3ms), and fast (up to 1000hz). Use cases include eye tracking, touchless and contact HMI (human machine interaction), wearables and industrial.
VideowindoW transforms windows, including the entire glass curtain of a skyscraper, into a black and white video screen. Unlike tintable glass, VideowindoW divides glass into numerous small segments, comparable to pixels. Each pixel’s transparency ranges from fully transparent to nearly full black, and changes fast enough to display video content. Uses include glare control and shading, generative video patterns, entertainment and art, and branding and advertising (above).
Toraru would like its GENCHI app to be the Mechanical Turk of the metaverse. Already deployed in Japan, GENCHI is an on-demand remote work agent service in which “you can ask someone to do something, no matter where you are in the world.” It is an example of the rush to move existing ideas into the green field environment of the metaverse.
SureCall is a 5G signal booster system. The company claims 10X improvement of voice, text and data signal inside any home, office or vehicle. SureCall signal boosters work with all cell carriers and cellular generations, including 3G, 4G LTE and 5G LTE (below). An outside antenna captures the signal, the signal booster amplifies the signal’s strength and indoor antenna(s) send the improved signal to your phone. ETC thinks this type of tech will be installed in office buildings and will be useful for temporary installations supporting remote productions and operations.
Biospectal is making instant, ubiquitous and accurate remote blood pressure monitoring and management a reality. With the touch of a finger to a smartphone camera, anyone can transform their phone into a medical grade blood pressure monitoring solution, anytime, anywhere.
Prinker Korea Inc. demonstrated a printer that produces personalized temporary tattoos. Choose from a rich library of pre-made artwork or design your very own tattoo with the Prinker Design App. Get personalized temporary tattoos, commitment free, and without the pain. The tattoos last two to three days.
Airxom is a face mask that offers “total respiratory protection” from pollution, viruses and bacteria (above). The mask filters and destroys micro and nanoparticles (atmospheric pollution) and shines UV rays onto a catalyst to destroy viruses, bacteria and volatile organic compounds (including SARS-CoV-2).
Nanotech Energy announced customizable, non-flammable lithium-ion batteries that utilize monolayer graphene, which charge faster, hold a charge longer, and are safer than traditional lithium batteries. The use of monolayer graphene is a significant environmental advance. Nanotech Energy is a Los Angeles-based company founded in 2014 by Dr. Jack Kavanaugh and noted UCLA scientists Dr. Richard Kaner and Dr. Maher El-Kady.